Fund my Olympic dream

My name is Hamoon Derafshipoor, and I am a world champion in Karate. I am excited to announce that I will be competing in the 2021 Olympics as an athlete for Canada.

Competing in the Olympics is an athlete's dream. I moved to Canada just 1.5 years ago and during this time, I have been working towards my dream of attending the 2021 Olympics, with my wife  Samira Malekipour (who is an internationally ranked karate coach and my personal coach).. With my perseverance and hard work, I am confident in my ability to win the gold medal and make Canada proud!


To prepare for this challenge of a lifetime, I am going to participate in a six-week camp in Istanbul, Turkey.

As an athlete, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been a big challenge, with the absence of competitions, sponsorships, and funding opportunities (not to mention lack of social interaction and shattered routines). This has left athletes like myself, with a hefty bill to pay if we want to compete.


The cost of travel and camp residency will be over $15,000. Unfortunately, for an athlete who is also a newcomer to the country without a safety net, this is a significant amount that I cannot afford.


I will appreciate any help that I can receive from you, and I will make sure that your payment will be used to help me achieve the Gold Medal in the 2021 Olympics.


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Hamoon Derafshipour 
Waterloo, ON
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